Tamil Nadu politics have always been the handiwork of a non-Tamil beginning MGR (born in Kerala) to Jayalalithaa (born in Mysore). For BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is a Tamil, this is something beyond his toleration levels.
Soon after Tamil star Rajinikanth said he would enter politics, if God willing, Swamy retorted saying Rajini was a Marathi and not Tamilian. Known for his role at the Centre than the state, Subamaniam Swamy who had sent Jayalalithaa to jail and keeping Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on tenter hooks, is well-known for his frank remarks.
In his typical remark to CNN News 18, he said “Rajinikanth is a Marathi from Bengaluru” and quickly added that the Talaiva would fail if he enters politics as he has no ideology and advised him to stay away from politcs. Rajinikanth was born in a Marathi family in Bangalore and was fluent in Marathi, Kannada and Tamil. He had a humble beginning in life and worked as BMTC driver in Bangalore before becoming an actor.
Rubbishing Rajinikanth’s huge fan-following, Swamy said it was a cult following and not an ideological following. However, Rajinikanth in his speech to his fans after almost 8 years of gap, said on Monday that he would enter politics if God desires him to do.
“God decides what we have to do in life. Right now, he wants me to be an actor and I m fulfilling my responsibility. If God is willing, I will enter politics tomorrow,” he said.
Referring to his past political links, he said, “Politicians have misused my name on several occasions. But I have to clarify, I am not joining any party.” This has turned sour to BJP which is hoping to rope him into politics in Tamil Nadu, which is bereft of a matinee idol image post-Jayalalithaa’s demise.